|December 18, 2020|
Good evening! Today's Evening Edition includes:
- Democrat turf wars
- Gov. Cuomo endorses flagrant violation of the First Amendment
- Santa’s Naughty Hypocrite List
- The Devolving Party
- Fourteen say no more
Democrat turf wars
By Mike Huckabee
The Democrats aren’t even in power yet, and they’re already engaging in vicious battles over power and turf. This isn’t surprising to me; Republicans tend to see running for office as a civic responsibility, while Democrats, at least the far-left variety who currently dominate the party, see it as an avenue to power over others.
While Nancy Pelosi is dealing with the Squad trying to topple her fiefdom, Joe Biden is already taking heat from the leaders of Black Lives Matter. They think they helped get him elected by painting Trump as a white supremacist, so they expected to have a big voice in a Biden Administration. But word is, their phone calls are going to voice mail, and they’re not pleased with some of Biden’s reported Cabinet picks, like liberal mayors Rahm Emanuel (Chicago), Eric Garcetti (L.A.) and Pete Buttigieg (South Bend, Indiana.)
Buttigieg in particular sticks in their craw because of treatment of blacks in South Bend and only 1% of city contracts going to black-owned businesses. They also note that he’s totally unqualified for the job of Transportation Secretary.
You might want to mark this day down on your calendars because it’s the day when the leaders of BLM and Mike Huckabee are in complete agreement! I also don’t think any of these people are qualified for important federal positions, although that’s never prevented a Democrat appointment before.
Buttigieg wasn’t picked for that role because he knows anything about transportation but because he obligingly got out of the race so that Biden could prevent Bernie Sanders from being the nominee. He’s getting the payback that BLM thinks they’re owed. They should have figured out by now that real payback goes to the party insiders; the foot soldiers just get the crumbs.
(On a related note, meet Biden’s two new picks, fresh from the posh Wall Street offices of Goldman Sachs.)
I also agree with BLM leaders that those mayors presided over cities where conditions are terrible for black residents, but here’s the problem: try finding any big city with a liberal Democrat mayor where conditions AREN’T terrible for black residents. Take a look at any list of cities with the highest crime, highest poverty rates and worst schools. Guess what most of them have in common.
If black voters don’t want to spend eternity feeling like Charlie Brown having Lucy yank the football away, they need to consider not voting to reward the people who keep doing it. Vote for someone who actually did something for you, like creating good jobs and rising wages, passing prison sentencing reform, funding historically black colleges, backing school choice, enforcing border security so that illegal immigrants didn’t take low-skill jobs and depress wages, and bringing opportunity zones and investment into minority neighborhoods.
Oh, wait: you had a guy like that to vote for, but BLM leaders called him a white supremacist.
Gov. Cuomo endorses flagrant violation of the First Amendment
By Mike Huckabee
Having gotten a taste of totalitarianism with his coronavirus measures, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is diving in head-first, signing a bill that would ban the sale of Confederate flags and other “symbols of hate and intolerance” on public property and limit their display. As liberal law Professor Jonathan Turley points out at the link, there are a number of problems with that, the most serious of which is that it is a flagrant violation of the First Amendment. But then, so is shutting down churches while leaving liquor stores open, and that didn’t deter Cuomo either.
Even the notoriously liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco agrees that you can’t treat churches worse than casinos. Someone should get that news to Gov. Cuomo, too.
Santa’s Naughty Hypocrite List
By Mike Huckabee
And yet another Democrat politician is caught ignoring the COVID-19 restrictions they impose on all the little people. I’m seriously thinking of making this a daily feature.
Supreme Court refuses appeal
By Mike Huckabee
The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that Kansas’ voter ID law requiring people to show proof of citizenship when registering to vote is unconstitutional. This is separate from state voter ID laws that require showing ID before actually voting.
As to why one is okay but the other isn’t, it’s tied in with the “Motor Voter” law passed under Bill Clinton that critics claim encourages vote fraud and imposes too much federal control over the states’ right to set election laws, and the claim that asking people to show one of 13 different forms of ID when registering to vote is too much of a burden. I’ll leave that to you to argue amongst yourselves.
Happy Days rift
By Mike Huckabee
I normally don’t cover show business stories, but this one about a rift in the cast of “Happy Days” all started with politics. Besides, I’ve had both Don Most (Ralph Malph) and Scott Baio (Chachi) on my TBN show, so I have a kind of Kevin Bacon-like connection to them both.
The problem started when many of the surviving cast members held a “Happy Days” online reunion to raise money for Democrats in Wisconsin, where the show was set. Baio is an outspoken conservative, so he refused to participate. It’s obvious that the former castmates are still friends personally, but political differences have caused friction. I’ll bet virtually everyone reading this can relate.
Before it goes any further, I hope that everyone will listen to what Baio said:
"Entertainment shouldn’t be political, especially when it comes to legacy shows like ‘Happy Days’ that have such a powerful place in the hearts of so many Americans. Invoking the show’s name to support a candidate for office was just wrong, in my opinion. That doesn’t change how much I love Donny, Henry [Winkler] and the rest of the crew from ‘Happy Days.’ I just wish they had thought this all the way through."
He’s right, there’s a big difference between an actor making a personal political statement and using the public’s love for the show they appeared in to try to sway political beliefs. It gives the impression that “Happy Days” was somehow a partisan show, which tarnishes the image of one of those rare cultural touchstones from a less divisive time.
More than ever, Americans need things that bring us together and remind us of what we have in common, like classic TV shows that we all grew up watching, shows with clean humor and relatable American families and no heavy-handed political messages, like what passes for comedy today (do you think anyone will still be watching Colbert reruns forty years from now?) There was a reason why “Happy Days” creator Gary Marshall didn’t plaster Fonzi’s motorbike with Adlai Stevenson bumper stickers.
So if actors want to make political statements on their own time, it’s their right. But don’t imply that its an endorsement by the beloved show you were once a part of. Shows like that no longer belong just to the people who made them. They’ve become a part of our collective American cultural heritage. Please don’t ruin our happy shared memories of them by politicizing them.
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